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Some Resources to Help Your PD Initiatives

posted Oct 28, 2018, 5:16 AM by HSD Principal
Some of your departments have developed goals that involve peer observations. In The Expert Next Door, there is a good model for how to make the most of a more formal peer observation process.

Since we are all focusing on supporting our growing ELL population, here are a few articles on that topic:

Aída Walqui and Margaret Heritage give a list of methods for developing ELL students' oral language, as well as some misconceptions teachers often have about working with ELL students in Supporting English Learners’ Oral Language Development

In Educating English Language Learners, Diane August distills wide research on ELL learning into a handful of tested methods:
  • Provide Access to Grade-Level Course Content
  • Build on Effective Practices Used with English-Proficient Students
  • Provide Supports to Help ELLs Master Core Content and Skills
  • Develop ELLs’ Academic Language
  • Encourage Peer-to-Peer Learning Opportunities
  • Capitalize on Students’ Home Language, Knowledge, and Cultural Assets
  • Screen for Language and Literacy Challenges, Monitor Progress, and Support ELLs Who Are Struggling